I’ve realised I have a problem: I work too hard. I set myself too many goals and I beat myself up about it when I don’t meet them. My protracted case of writer’s block (which I’m now being honest enough to call it) hasn’t simply been down to stress from moving house, but down to me setting myself impossible goals.
So, since realising this I’ve been rethinking my approach to daily word goals. Last week I started off really well, with two days producing 2k (or just over). I should have felt happy with that, but I didn’t because I had set myself the goal of 3k a day. I’m convinced my subsequent nasty cold has been partly a result of that stress.
While lying in bed feeling sorry for myself and too ill to write, I got to thinking: what the hell is wrong with writing 2k a day? That’s 10k a week, which means I’d have the first draft of a novel in 6-8 weeks. What’s more, if I stop at a guilt-free 2k I have plenty of time to spend the rest of my day doing other things. Sometimes that might be writing related, but I also want to spend plenty of time gardening, sewing, and reading purely for pleasure.
So, that’s it. From now on my daily writing goal is 2k a day, weekdays in term times only. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted from my shoulders, and I’m now really excited about getting back to work on my WIP. It helps that I’ve planned out the rest of the novel too! That’s another strategy: no more flying by the seat of my pants – my muse needs a bit more structure to work with now, especially as I’m starting to write more complex plots.
Daisy’s scooter broke last week so she now has a new, “big girl” scooter. Actually, it’s one of those ones that can take adult weight too, so I could always scoot down the hill after dropping her off at school. Haven’t quite plucked up the courage yet, though. I’ve always been a bit freaked out by freewheeling down hills when there’s cars at the bottom. Daisy has got the hang of it beautifully, though. Kids are so much more fearless than us adults!
This week I have the in-laws coming to stay for 4 nights. It’s the first time we’ve had people to stay in years, as our last two houses weren’t really suitable for putting people up. I’m a bit daunted by the loss of privacy for so long, but I’m just going to be taking myself out to work in cafés/library during the days. Wish me luck!
I’m going to be writing 2k a day on Screwing the System, and I even know what the content of that 10k is going to be. Go me! If I get any more done, it will be a bonus, but I’m not expecting to. Other than that, there will be Transatlantic Translations on Wednesday (possibly about Brit Art), Jacqueline Brocker will be guest blogging on Thursday, and there’ll be another Storm and Lightning on Friday. I haven’t decided on what I’ll be posting in the way of Vintage Smut Sunday – might have to find me some time to comb through some of my favourite Tumblrs for new pics. What a hardship!